BEREA, Ky.—Kentucky has added 1,400 fewer jobs in the 21 months since it banned the union shop in 2017 than it did in the same period before the law was enacted, according to a report released Dec. 20 by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.
The difference was much more pronounced in manufacturing, the report added: The state gained 13,600 jobs in the 21 months before the law passed, but only about 1,000 since then. Center executive director Jason Bailey said that contradicts claims by state officials including Gov. Matt Bevin that the “right-to-work” law was a key factor in attracting new investments. “We have to be very careful to not accept these claims that, that had something to do with ‘right to work’ or any other policy,” Bailey told WKYU-FM. “These are pretty much a continuation of the kind of investments and activities that have been happening in Kentucky for a very long time.”